Randall Cobb listened to God, not McCarthy, in returning kickoff

AP

Packers receiver Randall Cobb became the first person born in the 1990s to play in an NFL game on Thursday night, and he made his debut in style, returning a kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown to tie the NFL record. But Packers coach Mike McCarthy had a problem with that.

McCarthy’s problem is that to return a kick 108 yards, you have to get the ball eight yards deep in the end zone. And McCarthy’s rule is that his returners aren’t supposed to take the ball out if they’re any deeper than five yards in the end zone.

I was not really happy with his decision,” McCarthy said, “but it’s one of the best returns I’ve seen. You’ve got to be excited about Randall. He’s got a chance to be special.”

So why did Cobb break McCarthy’s rule? Cobb says God told him to return the kickoff.

“I was just trusting in God,” Cobb said. “He told me to bring it out. I’m not supposed to bring that out. Some things are logical and some things are just the power of God.”

I’m not sure how far Cobb is willing to take the whole “trusting in God” thing — if God tells Cobb to run a different route than the play that’s called in the huddle, will he do it? — but this time, it worked.

138 responses to “Randall Cobb listened to God, not McCarthy, in returning kickoff

  1. Of course he’s going to say, “God told me to.” He went against his coach. So, he could either “blame” God or say, “I made an oops that worked out, sorry coach.” We see what kind of guy he is: someone who will hide behind religion to explain his mistakes.

  2. people know that voice in your head isnt god right?
    or did god just tell me to write this, and that girl is hot, and thats a nice car, it sure is nice out.
    looks like god’s a rambler

  3. It worked. That’s the funny thing.

    “Athletes always thanking God at the end of the game when something good happens but never something bad. You never hear em say, “God made me fumble,” or “the Holy Spirit tripped me up at the goal line.”

    -George Carlin.

  4. He better start thinking McCarthy is his God, or he will be listening to his higher power in the unemployment line.

  5. So do you want your players to be predictable machines, or do you want them to leverage their gut, instinct, and other intangible gifts? MDS, doesn’t make you a thought provoking writer to try to tear down Cobbs achievement and/or poke fun of him leveraging all of his senses in his on the field decision making.

  6. Randall – God is NOT a 368 lb drunken idiot with a plastic cheese wedge on his head. That was a Packer fan sitting in the first row screaming for you to run it out. You really need to learn the difference.

  7. “I was just trusting in God,” Cobb said. “He told me to bring it out.”

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    Nice to know the Lord Almighty is a Packer fan. I bet Michele Bachmann will complain about that fact the next time she talks with him.

  8. “if God tells Cobb to run a different route than the play that’s called in the huddle, will he do it?”

    Exaggerate much? Leave the drama to TMZ and report football.

  9. If Cobb had a year or more experience under his belt, McCarthy would probably give Cobb the “green light” on returns whenever he wanted. However, he is a rookie, and he needs to develop that trust. Something tells me if Cobb keeps making big plays, the 5 yard rule will disappear.

  10. Next week, God will tell him to do the same thing and then stifle a laugh when Cobb gets blown up deep in Green Bay territory.

    After the game Randall will tell us that God told him that he should listen to his coaches going forward.

  11. I wonder if God told Tebow that his throwing motion should resemble a left hand relief pitcher throwing from the stretch…As it will greatly enhance his professional career…..

  12. I’m in God’s fantasy league and to be honest he drafted crap for receivers this year. When I saw he started Cobb in his WR 3 spot I was like?

    What a cheater.

  13. Oh no… it seems I am big fans of these guys, especially the younger ones, until I hear they opened their mouths.

    Just shuuuut uuuuup and play football, kid.

    Do not bring God into sports.

  14. I’m sure that God does have alot more to do than tell this young fellow when to run out of the end zone. That being said, it is gratifying to know that there are young people who still adhere to the fact that there is a God who does answer prayer. I’m sure I will be chastised for that remark and it may not even be posted. THAT being said,we do need to tolerate every ones views. I tolerate atheists and agnostics and respect their opinions, of which they are assured as an American citizen. . I expect the same back. Anyway, God bless you all. Go Eagles.

  15. God must have told him to run the wrong route on a pass play, too, because that’s what he did. Thankfully AR had a Hotline To Heaven open because he hit Cobb perfectly.

  16. boknowsvt says:
    Sep 9, 2011 8:53 AM

    I didn’t realize that God was a cheesehead.

    _____________

    Of course he is ….. Everyone knows this …..

  17. It was a great play. You can deviate from the gameplan in the NFL, as long as you consistently make plays you will be employed.

    For those saying he needs to follow McCarthy’s program or he’ll lose his job, HA! 20+ teams including mine will be waiting to snap him up. That’s called a playmaker.

  18. I’m not sure how far Cobb is willing to take the whole “trusting in God” thing — if God tells Cobb to run a different route than the play that’s called in the huddle, will he do it? — but this time, it worked________________

    You’re an idiot.

  19. “Wish people wouldn’t blame their mistakes on God.”

    Well if an all-knowing God knew he was going to do it, and an all-powerful God did nothing to stop it, then it’s kind of God’s fault, isn’t it?

  20. Randall – God is NOT a 368 lb drunken idiot with a plastic cheese wedge on his head. That was a Packer fan sitting in the first row screaming for you to run it out. You really need to learn the difference.
    ————————
    HAHAHAHAHA All Packer fans are fat and stupid and ugly!!! HAHAHAHA!!! Nobody in Wisconsin has a brain! HAHAHAHAHA!!!

    You’re funny and original.

  21. So I was talking to God and he told me about a plan he’s working. Next time Randall fields a return 8 yards deep, he’s going to tell him to go for it again…however…at the same time, he’s going to chat up one of the special teams players and tell him to go for it also…and have him paste Randall to the turf at the five yard line. Gotta watch out for that God dude…he can play a mean game if he wants to.

  22. I’m not a religious guy by any means but you should almost never listen to McCarthy. He lives by the challenge flag and is extremely lucky he’s had two top caliber QBs play for the team he coaches.

  23. east96st says:
    Sep 9, 2011 9:03 AM
    Randall – God is NOT a 368 lb drunken idiot with a plastic cheese wedge on his head. That was a Packer fan sitting in the first row screaming for you to run it out. You really need to learn the difference.

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    When it comes to the Bible and the above comment i’ll take the above comment every time.

  24. It looks like Ted Thompson and his staff missed badly on Cobb.

    No talent there.

    Cut that kid.

    *end sarcasm*

  25. This reminds me of when Reggie White…….Says God told him to sign with the Packers….The 16 million, which at the time, was huge, had nothing to do with it…God, damn that fella always arrives at the right time to give advice…..

  26. This is exactly whats wrong with the US today.. Anytime someone mentions god people get offended. We NEED to bring god back in to our lives or we are going no where.. Glad to see this kid believes, would you rather a kid with a good head on his shoulders play, or a scum bag thats always locked up like 75 percent of the athletes these days?

  27. @evomike06

    i don’t give a crap if the players in the NFL are scum or good christians, as long as they are good at football and do their jobs i’ll root for them.

  28. Reporter: “Donovan, why did you end up throwing 8 turfballs today?”
    McNabb: “God told me to do it.”

  29. This is exactly whats wrong with the US today.. Anytime someone mentions god people get offended. We NEED to bring god back in to our lives or we are going no where.. Glad to see this kid believes, would you rather a kid with a good head on his shoulders play, or a scum bag thats always locked up like 75 percent of the athletes these days?

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    Around 80% of people in the US prison system identify themselves as christians. Believing in god and not going to jail are far from mutually exclusive.

  30. Thanks, Cobb. Don’t you know that everyone would completely over react to your comment and that rather than the focus being on your great and entertaining play, it will now be overshadowed by people getting up on their soapboxes and flapping their ignorant tongues about their “religious stance”?

  31. @ ravensfan4life52

    I’m sure there are many who do care considering there kids grow up looking at these guys as there heros and stuff.

    If it wasn’t for god these guys wouldn’t have the ability to do what they do. Weather god tells them to or not. He gave them the physical ability!

  32. wcdunkenfield says:
    Sep 9, 2011 11:04 AM

    BTW, I always heard God was a Dallas Cowboys fan. At least to hear them tell it…
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    I always heard that the old Texas Stadium had a hole in its roof because it was God’s spittoon.

  33. @evomike06

    oh so since God didn’t give you or me those abilities he must love Cobb more than you or me. They have the physical ability because they worked their butts off to get in shape and have had coaches who taught them how to play football and how to play it well. I believe in God but you can’t credit him with just the good things in life and say that when people do evil it’s not his fault it’s the devil’s fault or it’s that person’s fault.

    and so what if kids grow up watching guys like Plaxico who commit crimes. then it’s up to that kid’s parents to raise their children right and teach them right from wrong.

  34. evomike06 says:
    Sep 9, 2011 11:13 AM
    @ ravensfan4life52

    I’m sure there are many who do care considering there kids grow up looking at these guys as there heros and stuff.

    If it wasn’t for god these guys wouldn’t have the ability to do what they do. Weather god tells them to or not. He gave them the physical ability

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    You’re right, had absolutly nothing to do with genetics… nothing at all….

  35. So this incredible 108 yard kickoff return …… THIS is what Roger Goodell wants to abolish, huh?

    Great idea, Roger.

    How ’bout next you outlaw the foward pass. Receivers getting tackled might get hurt.

  36. I think it’s more cliche now to bring God into everything good that happens to you. You see it with ALL athletes, in movie award acceptance speeches, in elected offical speeches, or basically any address to the masses when something happens to you it’s always “I’d like to Thank God for…” Like I said…cliche.

    Now I’m an Eagles fan and there’s one player in point that takes the Glory to God thing very seriously, and that’s Jason Avant. Every play he’s in..not just a catch or TD, I mean every dropped ball, every good block…every play you can see him raise both arms up and shake his hands and he’s admitted he’s giving Glory to God for that oppertunity. Now at first I thought he had a deaf sibling or something, because thats how deaf people use applause is by shaking their hands in the same manner.. but Jason does it each and every single play no matter the outcome. He’s the counter argument. I believe most people say it because it’s just the thing you say.

  37. I’d like to thank God for having to work 2 jobs for a combined 75 hours a week because God made my wife leave me. I’d like to thank God for male pattern baldness. I’d like to thank God for making the people down at Pontiac for making cars that eventually leak in water. I’d also like to thank God for severe allegies, Lyme disease, and the one part of my mustache where the hair just won’t grow in the right direction.

    Upmost Regards,
    Alaric.

  38. ranksarot says: Sep 9, 2011 8:56 AM

    God doesn’t talk directly to NFL football players. He only talks to Republican presidential nominees.

    i laughed my butt off when i read that. Priceless!!

  39. Randall credits God guidance, and would also like to send a shout out to Charlie Darwin for the fast twitch muscles.

  40. alaricsrevenge says:
    Now I’m an Eagles fan and there’s one player in point that takes the Glory to God thing very seriously, and that’s Jason Avant. Every play he’s in..not just a catch or TD, I mean every dropped ball, every good block…every play you can see him raise both arms up and shake his hands and he’s admitted he’s giving Glory to God for that oppertunity. Now at first I thought he had a deaf sibling or something, because thats how deaf people use applause is by shaking their hands in the same manner.. but Jason does it each and every single play no matter the outcome.
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    What’s that?..for all of the 15 or so Reps he’s taken in the last few years?

  41. I respect religion and other people belief in God. Now after saying that, Randall Cobb only thinks God told him to bring it out. I talked to God this morning and he said Cobb is confused, that He, God, obviously, is a Saints fan. DUH!!!

  42. To everyone who says God is necessary here, please recall the following. During WWII, Roman Catholic priests on both sides of the war (Axis and Allies) called on their God to benefit their side. To the extent that Roman Catholics of all varieties pray (and are heard by) the same God, then Catholics on each side were praying for the destruction of their counterparts in the other camp. I mention this, not as an indictment of God or religion, but of the silliness of invoking God to benefit one side over another. If you believe in God, we are all God’s children. Leave it out of sports (and war)…

  43. “if God tells Cobb to run a different route than the play that’s called in the huddle, will he do it?”

    – didn’t Rodgers say in his presser that Cobb actually ran the wrong route on his touchdown reception too?

  44. FinFan68 says:
    Sep 9, 2011 8:53 AM
    That’s fine, but will he blame God when something bad happens? I doubt it

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    Stevie Johnson, Bills……….lol

  45. I guess God is a Packers fan?
    Remember he sent Reggie White to GB too?
    And he got him the ring……

    Or was it the BIG MONEY?

  46. god told him to run the ball out of the end zone and that’s good. god also told kuhn to help him keep his balance. 109 replies as i write this and no one mentions kuhn was a huge part of this return.

  47. I like the part where Cobb got tackled, but then God picked him up before he hit the ground, turned him over, and then set him on his way again toward the record tying run. I think that was my favoriate part.

    Go. Pack. Go.

  48. baddegg says: Sep 9, 2011 8:54 AM
    You think he’s good now…just imagine if Tebow was his QB!
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    Imagine What? Tebow throwing to Cobb, or more accurately, in the general direction of Cobb.
    Oh yah, that would be great!
    That way Cobb could turn out to be the complete and total failure that Tebow is!

    NO THANKS, keep Tebow away from Green Bay unless he’s on the visiting team, and if that’s the case, START him!

  49. Guess that means that “God” will be wrong every time the kid returns a kick and it doesn’t go for a touchdown…
    Why do you never hear any of these guys say “God was watchin’ over me” or “God was telling me to do this” when the play turns out badly, when they make a mistake, when it’s not a big success? Is “God” only to be trusted after the play goes for a TD on national TV? Seems like it.

  50. This game proved the people in the NFL who want to take kick returns out of the game need their heads examined. Don’t know whose voice they’re hearing, but they need to turn it off.

  51. A sweet young man of faith should not be pilloried by anyone. The innocence of that remark is a testament to his good upbringing and courage of conviction. And now certain “fans” of football are also bashing Tim Tebow for being a man of faith also. Very sad that some feel the need to be vicious. Read The Book.

  52. You could tell he was just itching to try to take one out the endzone, and finally did. Fortunetly he was able to get it past the 2o GB had problems with that last season.

    He appears to have similar skills as Harvin, and he may not have the issue with being or having headaches.

  53. wkinsomnia says:
    Sep 9, 2011 12:29 PM
    alaricsrevenge says:
    Now I’m an Eagles fan and there’s one player in point that takes the Glory to God thing very seriously, and that’s Jason Avant. Every play he’s in..not just a catch or TD, I mean every dropped ball, every good block…every play you can see him raise both arms up and shake his hands and he’s admitted he’s giving Glory to God for that oppertunity. Now at first I thought he had a deaf sibling or something, because thats how deaf people use applause is by shaking their hands in the same manner.. but Jason does it each and every single play no matter the outcome.
    ———————————————————-

    What’s that?..for all of the 15 or so Reps he’s taken in the last few years?

    ————————————–

    OK, so Avant isn’t a huge part of the Eagles offense, I was just making the point that he does this all the time and not just when something good happens.

  54. What you saw was a rookie mistake, a player trying to do his best to justify his roster spot with some youthful enthusiasm. I cringed when he first came out of endzone but when he rolled over the tackler and with Kuhn’s help to keep his feet, sprinted down the sideline you couldn’t help but cheer on this guy-that was a special play. First thought was of Desmond Howard from Holmgren’s SB team and late Travis “Roadrunner” Williams from Lombardi era. He’ll get an earful from McCarthy about it, but can’t overlook his contribution to this offense. With the weapons he has, Rodgers will dominate most defensive teams.

  55. I watched the replays a couple of time today and each time it looked to me as if it was Kuhn waving Cobb out of the end zone and then keeping him from falling out on the field. As much as I like Kuhn I don’t think he is a god yet.

  56. As it turns out, he admitted after the game that he ran the wrong route on the TD pass he caught, but Rodgers made the adjustment. Don’t believe he mentioned divine intervention on that one, just that he screwed up but the QB was smart enough to recognize what he was doing.
    I don’t have a problem with people saying “God told me to…” instead of “I had a feeling” or “I had a hunch” – as long as they’re not committing a crime.
    Does bother me when a bunch of people are in a plane crash or something, one survives, and the family says it was because they were praying. Everyone else who was praying for their loved one wasn’t as good as you are? That one bothers me.

  57. Call it what you want, God, gut instinct, something inside you telling you to go for it or a rush of adrenaline from playing in his first game. If you can’t relate to that then you need to get your fat ass off the couch and live a little. Wish I could have watched the damn game if not for the blackout in SoCal. Will definitely keep an eye on this kid, hes got some skills!

  58. Great run Cobb!
    As for everyone who gets so worked up about someone claiming to hear from God (Cobb’s imaginary friend). Doesn’t it seem strange to you that you’re upset about someone’s imaginary friend? If God doesn’t exist, why does he tick you off? You think Cobb and I are idiots for having an “imaginary friend”. Then you must be completely insane for being angry about my imaginary friend.

  59. alaricsrevenge says: Sep 9, 2011 11:37 AM

    Why didn’t God tell Chris Henry not to jump in the back of that truck then, just wondering…

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    Cus God hates the Bengals just like Mike Brown!!

  60. What a exciting way to start off the season with a win over the saints!!! GO PACK GO!!! Cobb is an outstanding player, and a huge treat to opposing special teams!!! Cobb is something the packers have been looking for since Desmond Howard!!! God works in misterious ways just listen close! Cobb did exactly that….Amen!!!!

  61. In the early 90s, God told Reggie White to sign with the Packers. Now he’s telling Randall Cobb when to take the ball out of the end zone. God is CLEARLY a Packers fan.

    And doesn’t Aaron Rodgers look a lot like Jesus, himself? Coincidence????

  62. xstaticonradio says: Sep 9, 2011 11:08 AM

    Around 80% of people in the US prison system identify themselves as christians. Believing in god and not going to jail are far from mutually exclusive.

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    That has more to do with the fact that around 80% of Americans identify with being Christian. Even though many of them do not completely know what that means or even attempt to live their life to glorify Christ.

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